Robert Stevenson


Director
Robert Stevenson

About

Also Known As
Robert R. Stevenson, Bob Stevenson
Born
March 31, 1905
Died
April 30, 1986

Biography

Robert Stevenson was a director whose flair for whimsy garnered him a role as one of the silver screen's most distinguished wizards of childlike wonder. Starting out in his native England, he became known for helming (and writing) several royal sagas, B-movie thrillers, and high-minded horrors, most notably the darkly ontological Boris Karloff chiller "The Man Who Changed His Mind" (1936...

Biography

Robert Stevenson was a director whose flair for whimsy garnered him a role as one of the silver screen's most distinguished wizards of childlike wonder. Starting out in his native England, he became known for helming (and writing) several royal sagas, B-movie thrillers, and high-minded horrors, most notably the darkly ontological Boris Karloff chiller "The Man Who Changed His Mind" (1936). By the time he relocated to Hollywood in the 1940s, however, he had settled on the more stately side of his creative leanings, and his ensuing involvement with a fervidly romantic rendition of the literary classic "Jane Eyre" set him on a path peppered by frequent cinematic adaptations. His proclivities inevitably landed him in the employment of the like-minded Walt Disney Pictures, for whom he exclusively directed nearly 20 book-based family adventures between the late '50s and mid-'70s, including the rural tearjerker "Old Yeller" and the wildly inventive witching tale "Bedknobs and Broomsticks." His most celebrated film remains "Mary Poppins," the phenomenally popular movie musical about a delightful, supernatural nanny and her endless bag of tricks. Having retired from Disney (and the directing business altogether) by the onset of the '80s, Stevenson died several years thereafter at the age of 81.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
Director
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975)
Director
The Island at the Top of the World (1974)
Director
Herbie Rides Again (1974)
Director
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Director
The Love Bug (1969)
Director
Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)
Director
The Gnome-Mobile (1967)
Director
That Darn Cat (1965)
Director
The Monkey's Uncle (1965)
Director
Mary Poppins (1964)
Director
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964)
Director
Son of Flubber (1963)
Director
In Search of the Castaways (1962)
Director
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
Director
Kidnapped (1960)
Director
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
Director
Old Yeller (1958)
Director
Johnny Tremain (1957)
Director
The Liberty Story (1957)
Director
Macao (1952)
Director of addl scenes
The Las Vegas Story (1952)
Director
My Forbidden Past (1951)
Director
Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)
Director
The Woman on Pier 13 (1950)
Director
To the Ends of the Earth (1948)
Director
Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948)
Director () Directo) (Uncredited)
Dishonored Lady (1947)
Director
Jane Eyre (1944)
Director
Forever and a Day (1943)
Director
Joan of Paris (1942)
Director
Back Street (1941)
Director
Tom Brown's School Days (1940)
Director
Return to Yesterday (1940)
Director
To the Victor (1938)
Director
The Ware Case (1938)
Director
The Two of Us (1937)
Director
King Solomon's Mines (1937)
Director
Non-Stop New York (1937)
Director
Nine Days a Queen (1936)
Director
The Man Who Lived Again (1936)
Director
Falling For You (1933)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Du bist Musik (1962)
Spartacus (1960)
Legionary
Gun Fever (1958)
Norris
Zero Hour! (1957)
Calgary operator
Fangs of the Wild (1954)
Deputy Sheriff Ridgeway
A Star Is Born (1954)
Boom man
Carson City (1952)
Worker
The Thing from Another World (1951)
Capt. Smith
All That I Have (1951)
Attorney
Hollywood Story (1951)
Police sergeant
Where Danger Lives (1950)
Assistant clerk
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
Lieutenant
The Cross of Lorraine (1944)
Guard
Till We Meet Again (1944)
German soldier
Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
German
Valley of Hunted Men (1942)
Kruger
The Navy Comes Through (1942)
First officer of <I>Odin</I>
Secret Enemies (1942)
Spy
South of Suez (1940)
Policeman
Castle on the Hudson (1940)
Sailor
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
Merk, patient
The Lady's from Kentucky (1939)
Second gambler
Union Pacific (1939)
Irish Paddy
Polygamy (1937)
Esau
The Garden of Allah (1936)
De Trevignac's patrolman
Riffraff (1936)
Fisherman
The White Angel (1936)
Soldier
Student Tour (1934)
Bartender
White Heat (1934)
Mac

Writer (Feature Film)

Kidnapped (1960)
Written for Screen by
Jane Eyre (1944)
Screenwriter
Tom Brown's School Days (1940)
Additional Dialogue
Return to Yesterday (1940)
Screenwriter
The Ware Case (1938)
Screenwriter
Nine Days a Queen (1936)
Writer
Thunder in the East (1934)
Dial
Faithful Heart (1933)
Scen
Michael and Mary (1932)
Scen
The Ringer (1932)
Scen
Bachelor's Folly (1932)
Scen

Producer (Feature Film)

Little Friend (1934)
Associate Producer

Director (Special)

Miracle on 34th Street (1955)
Director

Life Events

Photo Collections

Bedknobs and Broomsticks - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

Las Vegas Story, The (1952) - This Is A Windy Town We’ve seen Jane Russell, who has a history in town, and shifty husband Vincent Price arrive at their hotel when Victor Mature, as deputy Andrews, himself part of that history, joins, checking with Drucker (Gordon Oliver), then some would-be newlyweds (Chet Marshall, Colleen Miller), in The Las Vegas Story, 1952.
Las Vegas Story, The (1952) - I Get Along Without You Very Well Jane Russell as ex-Las Vegas songbird Linda explores her old haunts, with nice location footage, dropping in at her old club, where Hoagy Carmichael is still at the piano, flashing-back on her old song, his famous composition, ex-flame Victor Mature included, in The Las Vegas Story, 1952.
Son Of Flubber (1963) - Desire√® De La Whatever Inventor-professor Ned (Fred MacMurray) and wife Betsy (Nancy Olson) are already tangling as she announces that her old flame (Elliott Reid) is coming to dinner, for unspecified reasons, and surprised when he brings Desireè (Joanna Moore), too, in Walt Disney's Son Of Flubber, 1963.
Son Of Flubber (1963) - Weather Gun Professor Brainard (Fred MacMurray) conducts his first test of his new invention the "Weather Gun," getting his dog in trouble, Nancy Olson the Mrs., in Disney's Son Of Flubber, 1963.
Son Of Flubber (1963) - Flubberoleum Upon watching a sales film for a prospective Flubber-based floor product, Professor Brainard (Fred MacMurray) blows it with financier Hurley (Ken Murray) in Disney's Son of Flubber, 1963.
Son Of Flubber (1963) - We'll Hit The Beach On Capitol Hill! Joining the open in the sequel to the Disney hit The Absent-Minded Professor, 1961, Brainard (Fred MacMurray) and Biff (Tommy Kirk) fly to the Pentagon in their Flubber-powered car, for a meeting with the shameless secretary of defense (Edward Andrews), in Son Of Flubber, 1963.
Las Vegas Story, The (1952) - Clark County, Nevada Hoagy Carmichael narrates as musician Happy, introducing the town, himself, Jane Russell and briefly Victor Mature in their roles, then Vincent Price appears as her husband, opening The Las Vegas Story, 1952, from RKO, director Robert Stevenson and Vegas-invested studio boss Howard Hughes.
Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971) - Pepperinge Eye The opening of Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks, 1971, introduces the village of Pepperinge Eye, the Rawlins orphans (Ian Weighill, Cindy O'Callaghan, Roy Snart) and the singing "Soldiers of the Old Home Guard."
Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971) - They Won't Be With Me For Long The preoccupied Miss Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury) scoots into the village to collect a package and three unwelcome war orphans in Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks, 1971.
Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971) - That Lovely Sooty Air Miss Price (Angela Lansbury) talks Paul (Roy Snart) through the launch sequence as Charlie (Ian Weighall) makes a last minute decision to fly to London in Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks, 1971.
Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971) - I Know It's Not Ladylike Miss Price (Angela Lansbury) takes her broom on its maiden flight, unaware she's being observed by the Rawlins orphans (Ian Weighall, Cindy O'Callaghan and Roy Snart) in Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks, 1971.
In Search Of The Castaways (1962) - Glasgow, 1858 Opening on the Glasgow docks, Mary (Hayley Mills) and Robert (Keith Hamshere) Grant, with friend Professor Paganel (Maurice Chevalier) outwit a semi-compassionate guard (Ronald Fraser), in hopes of reaching powerful Lord Glenarvan, in Disney’s international hit In Search Of The Castaways, 1962, from the Jules Verne novel.

Bibliography